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23rd October 2016

Tower block will be a green power Beacon

Imagine life without energy bills: not only saving money but avoid all those hours trawling through comparison websites in search of cheapest deal. That is the promise of a new building that the developer claims will be the worlds most sustainable residential tower. The Beacon in Hemel Hempstead. Hertfordshire, will provide ‘free energy for life” for the residents of its 272 flats in 17 storeys. They will save up to £1,134 a year on the cost of electricity and heating for a comparable modern home, Lumiere Developments said.


26th September 2017

Costing the Earth – A Greener Home for All

Many people say that advances in energy saving design and the tumbling price of existing green tech, like solar panels make zero carbon homes well within reach today.
Sam Budhdeo says his company Lumiere is about to start work on emission free, high end block of flats in Hemel Hempstead, The Beacon.

“The Beacon is the first of its type zero emission building and by zero emission it means that the people who live there, the residence, will have no bills and there will be no carbon dioxide emissions or pollution, because ultimately all The Beacon design does is use the sun to power every element of sustainability in it. Unlike Passive House, we absorb all the sun electro-magnetic radiations and we utilise it. So simple thing is that instead of putting solar panels on the roof, we put solar panels all around the building. All we have done is extend the ledge and made the entire building 360 degree solar ray…

…So we believe that the solution to tomorrows problems, not only just housing, for the millennial’s is available right now. What we are frustrated with is why everybody else is not following. And we are able to do this because we are not typical developers. We are scientists by background, we have looked at this from first principles and said why has nothing changed in the construction industry for a 100 years.“


15th October 2016

Go green: the new future of skyscrapers

Introducing Britain’s most eco-friendly residential skyscraper.
The high rise is going green. It seems hard to believe that a tall, hulking block made from huge amounts of material and consuming huge amount of energy could ever be anything other than bad for our fragile environment. Yet conventional wisdom is being challenged by architects and scientists who are attempting to foster a new breed of eco-towers.
In England,the team behind The Beacon in Hemel Hempstead are trying to go one better – and they reckon they’ve got the recipe for the greenest tall residential building ever seen in Britain. “It should generate as much energy as it needs for its consumption – so its essentially becomes self- sustaining”, explains Ambi Singh, commercial director at Lumiere Developments


12th February 2018

Garden in the sky plans unveiled

If the future is green, then Hemel Hempstead will be heaven after plans for a giant shrubbery in the sky were revealed. Boxmoor Forest is a 14-storey building housing 435 homes, a tennis court and wine bar – and as a bonus, it’s as eco-friendly as can be.

The site is currently used by a Kwik Fit garage and a Mitsubishi showroom. Solar panels and an on-site geothermal plant with a biomass boiler that incinerates waste would help provide energy for the 191 studio apartments, 179 one-bedroom and 65 two-bedroom flats.


15th February 2018

Architect unveils Hemel Hempstead ‘forest’ apartments

Hertfordshire practice Lumiere Design has lodged plans for a 435-home apartment building that it claims will be the most sustainable structure of its kind in the world.

The practice’s proposals for a brownfield site next to the railway line in Hemel Hempstead would deliver the homes over 14 storeys, and would also boast a gym, coffee bar, nursery school, health facilities and a rooftop games area.

Dubbed Boxmoor Forest, the building would be largely covered by “bio-filter” vegetation, that the practice said would help clean the air and contribute to sustainable drainage.


15th February 2018

Sustainable Living
The Beacon is the world’s most sustainable residential tower.

Construction sites and buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of the world’s emissions, and the World Health Organisation quotes air pollution as the number one risk to human health, responsible for seven million deaths worldwide. Tackling these issues, Lumiere Developments have made it their mission to take careful consideration into their practice of constructing new builds. By using emission-free renewable energy generation, simple energy conservation technologies and old stock, Lumiere have successfully designed and launched the world’s most sustainable residential tower, The Beacon.


February 2017

High ambition

The Beacon, shortly to begin construction in Hemel Hempstead, is set to be the world’s most sustainable residential tower. The Beacon is an ambitious sustainability project in the UK residential sector in its own right. the 17-storey tower by developer Lumiere Developments is also a statement by a firm looking to make its mark and as the name suggests, create a model for others to follow. Lumiere’s mission is to “promote large scale uptake of renewable energy,” and this pioneering zero carbon scheme, which is about to start construction on a site near the A41 in Hemel Hempstead, brings a number of technologies together towards meeting this goal.


21st October 2016

UK apartments will be a Beacon of sustainable luxury

Luxury living, affordability and sustainability rarely go together, but a new UK development shows that they can. The Beacon will, it’s claimed, be the world’s most sustainable residential tower, with residents still able to enjoy high-end specs and annual savings of up to £11,000 (US$13,500).

The tower, developed by Lumiere Developments, will be located on a 0.5-ac (0.2-ha) brownfield site adjacent to greenbelt land in Hemel Hempstead, from where it’s possible to get into the center of London in under half an hour by train. It is part of the town’s regeneration scheme and will see 272 apartments spread over 17 levels.

Lumiere says enough heat and power will be generated on-site to almost run the building entirely. Ground source heat pumps will be used to extract heat from the building’s basement, while air source heat pumps will do so from its atrium. The heat will be used to provide hot water to the building’s residences.


23rd November 2016

Are dwindling Dacorum planning powers a worrying trend?

There are calls to wrestle back control from Whitehall and shape our own future as figures show planning applications are on the rise but the workforce which processes them is dwindling.

Figures obtained by this newspaper show there has been a 46 per cent increase in the number of planning applications across Dacorum in the last five years – a jump from 2,355 in 2011/12 to 3,443 in 2015/16.

In the same time period, the Dacroum Borough Council (DBC) planning department workforce has been slashed by 41 per cent. There were 39 members of staff in 2011, compared to 23 now.

But Lib Dem Ron Tindall, leader of the opposition, thinks the council’s hand has been forced because of a recruitment issue and a lack of government support.


21st October 2016

Introducing The World’s Most Sustainable Tower

The world’s most sustainable residential tower, The Beacon, has been introduced by pioneering developer Lumiere Developments.

Alongside its sustainable features, The Beacon also offers residents an unmatched living experience, providing world-class amenities and services that create a community and lifestyle not currently in existence elsewhere in the local property market.

Each turnkey ‘ready to move in’ apartment is accessed from the central atrium via scenic glass lifts overlooking the arboretum. Impressive 2.4m high apartment front doors open onto elegant wood-floored hallways and open-plan living areas featuring ceramic tiled floors and walls. Living spaces open on to private balconies through full height patio doors and windows to create a light infused living environment whilst bathrooms are European-inspired**.

Kitchens come fully fitted with German manufactured fittings from Hacker, with a full suite of integrated energy efficient A+++ rated appliances. Other interior features include smart-controlled thermostats, comfort cooling systems and automated blinds whilst premium Skyline apartments on the 13th floor feature impressive terraces with winter gardens, hot tubs* and electro-glass for added privacy.


23rd November 2016

The Future Is Here: Meet The World’s Most Sustainable Residential Building

We’re entering a new age of green and eco buildings. Those seeking a luxury lifestyle no longer have to compromise on their environmental impact as the world’s most sustainable residential tower is announced. The Beacon is a 17-storey tower that is to be built in Hemel Hempstead by Lumiere Developments.

Promising to save its residents around £11,000 per year in living expenses, the development is offering free energy for life. While some sustainable developments might include one of two green features, the Beacon claims to be the first of its kind to be emission free and A-rated neutral. It encompasses all that you would expect from a sustainable building, including triple glazed windows and rainwater harvesting, but also includes some unique offerings. It will include the highest density solar farm in the world, kicking out 0.8mw on less than 0.5 acres.

It will also heat water for the residents using ground source heat pumps and create the perfect environment in each apartment using an innovative Mechanical Heat and Ventilation Recovery System. To foster a sense of community, and provide a green space for its residents, it will include the UK’s largest indoor arboretum, and in the basement, a fully robotic parking system will make space for 319 cars on less than half an acre.


14th November 2016

Hansom: Apocalypse now?

The sandwich board men might be right this week, as we see Donald Trump affecting house prices, aircraft thronging the skies, sinister signs, beloved pubs being demolished and it’s even raining in CGI images

Trump’s walls

With the US election too close to call as Building went to press, the wags at London estate agents Thorgills decided to find out the winner of a different Trump v Clinton contest. They’ve crunched the numbers on UK house prices, and it turns out over the past five years, average property prices on streets with “Trump” in the name have increased in value by 37.9%, compared with a 27.2% boost for streets with “Clinton” in the name. The biggest riser? Average property prices in Trumpington Road in Waltham Forest have increased 56.6% in five years, to £361,583. See, there’s much more at stake in this election than just truth, democracy and liberty.

Good pub-licity

Differences over sport notwithstanding, the English and Australians are coming together, I see, over pubs. Last April, a public house in Westminster called the Carlton Tavern was knocked down when it shouldn’t have been. The council served an enforcement notice on the developer telling it to rebuild it “brick by brick”. A few months later, and 10,000 miles away, the Carlton Inn in Melbourne suffered the same fate – with the same result. Authorities there are telling the owners to rebuild that pub as well. Westminster’s deputy leader Robert Davis says: “I hope that when both of these historic pubs are rebuilt they will stand as a symbol for the power of local communities to stand up for the special heritage of their much-loved public houses.” I’ll drink to that.


21st October 2016

‘World’s most sustainable residential tower’ going up in London

A new residential tower block, described as the ‘the world’s most sustainable’, is set to open to residents in 2018. The Beacon is built in Hemel Hempstead and has a vast range of eco credentials and smart design which apparently will save residents up to £11,000 a year in living expenses.

They include (deep breath): the highest density solar farm in the world, with 0.8MW from less than half an acre; ground source heat pumps that will extract heat for the basement to heat water; the UK’s tallest residential indoor arboretum; air source heat pumps that extract heat from the atrium in the centre of the building; quadruple – glazing on the upper-level flats and triple-glazing on all the others; MHVR systems for ventilation and heating in the flats; 100 per cent rainwater harvesting on the roof and balconies to flush toilets and irrigate plants in the arboretum and balconies; on-site waste compaction and recycling facilities; and thermal emissivity of less than 02.W/M2K, which means it loses very little heat. Essentially the ‘vast majority’ of the The Beacon’s heat and power needs will be generated by the building itself, which is pretty impressive.


17th October 2016

Highly Sustainable 17-Story Beacon Proposed for Hemel Hempstead

The high-rise is going green. It seems hard to believe that a tall, hulking block made from huge amounts of material and consuming huge amounts of energy could ever be anything other than bad for our fragile environment; yet, conventional wisdom is being challenged by architects and scientists who are attempting to foster a new breed of “eco towers.“

Sustainable skyscrapers around the world have included Italy’s Bosco Verticale and China’s Shanghai Tower; but back in the UK, the team behind the 17-story Beacon in the Hertfordshire commuter town of Hemel Hempstead are trying to go one better – and they believe that they have found the recipe for the greenest high-rise residential building in the country. “It should generate as much energy as it needs for its consumption, so it essentially becomes self-sustaining,” shared Lumiere Developments Commercial Director Ambi Singh.

“It’s the elegant combination of renewable-energy generation with energy-conservation strategies that creates a building that has been modeled to use less than 80 percent of the heat and electricity requirements of a normal residential tower,” Singh explained.

The building, designed by Leyburn, North Yorkshire-based eco architects Wardman Brown, will have the highest density “solar farm” in the UK, according to the developer. “Solar panels are elegantly incorporated into the external architecture of the building, creating a “solar ledge” that wraps around each level of the building, on the outside of the balcony of each apartment,” said Singh, who has experience in the energy and architectural sectors.


17th October 2016

Hemel Hempstead set to welcome ‘world’s most sustainable residential tower’

The town of Hemel Hempstead is poised to welcome the world’s “most sustainable residential tower” to its ranks in 2018, after Lumiere Developments unveiled the range of technologies it has turned to in order to create The Beacon.

The 17-storey tower will offer a range of zero-emission studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, all of which utilise on-site renewables to generate heat and power and offer annual savings of up to £11,000.

Lumiere Developments are offering “free energy for life” to the residents of the new-built as it takes advantage of the 0.8MW solar array across a less than 0.5-acre space – a feat which it claims makes it the highest density solar farm in the world.


10TH November 2016

“no energy bills for inhabitants of ‘world’s most sustainable residential tower’”

Article reproduced below from the Evening Standard’s property section about a proposed new development, just outside of London, designed to deliver ‘no energy bills for inhabitants‘. London’s new planning rules for zero carbon homes, introduced on 1 October 2016, could provide the framework to deliver similar such developments in the capital.

The Beacon in Hemel Hempstead:no energy bills for inhabitants of ‘world’s most sustainable residential tower’

Zero-emission development uses solar panels and heat exchangers to provide free heating and hot water for life…

A revolutionary residential tower being built in Hemel Hempstead offers sustainable and affordable luxury living – without any energy bills.

Prices range from £218,000 for a starter home to £1 million for a penthouse in the 17-storey tower, which will have 272 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom balconied apartments and penthouses.


13th September 2016

Developments vie for new environmental standard

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has revealed the first developments in line to achieve its Home Quality Mark.

Some 4,000 new properties are due to be assessed for BRE’s Home Quality Mark (HQM) – described as a ‘Michelin Star-style rating system that measures quality, cost efficiency and environmental impact’.

Viver Green development at Hincaster in Cumbria, made up of 22 luxury high tech homes and built by egg Homes, is expected to be the first to be awarded HQM accreditation.

Viver Green uses energy-saving smart home technology with homes constructed with ‘sustainable low maintenance materials and feature eco-friendly landscaped front and rear gardens’.

It is believed to be one of the few developments in the UK to use Amvic Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) for the property shells, consisting of high-density polystyrene panels with a solid concrete core. The design incorporates solar panels, battery storage devices and renewable Ecodan air source heat pumps via a partnership with Mitsubishi Electric.



September 2016

Property worth having – HQM certification

HQM is a new national quality certification standards, whether intended to provide consumers with housing design, construction and cost-effective good information. It is to house builders to show whether his house high quality, thereby distinguishing between the different quality of housing in the market to provide a good platform.

Based on a new house quality factors of concern to consumers, cost and environmental impact indicators HQM provided (Mark) a good measure of the performance of real estate and technology maturity. Mark indicators are also keen to pursue the leading developers, consumers can trust the independent verification tool.

Mark developed by BRE company, is a measure by air quality, ventilation, lighting, noise, temperature, VOCs (volatile organic compounds, VOCs), energy costs, and the surrounding traffic infrastructure, and local and global pollution Housing construction and other indicators of the impact of a series of factors gathered together, a symbol of consumer confidence.


7th December 2016

Where to buy a property in London:Brexit vote and stamp duty hikes make it prime time to secure a pre-Christmas discount on new-build homes

It’s prime time to negotiate an end-of-year price cut or incentives package. Here’s where to look for new-build homes with stamp duty refunds, pre-paid train tickets and furniture vouchers…


10th November 2016

The Beacon in Hemel Hempstead: no energy bills for inhabitants of ‘world’s most sustainable residential tower’

Zero-emission development uses solar panels and heat exchangers to provide free heating and hot water for life…

A revolutionary residential tower being built in Hemel Hempstead offers sustainable and affordable luxury living – without any energy bills.

Prices range from £218,000 for a starter home to £1 million for a penthouse in the 17-storey tower, which will have 272 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom balconied apartments and penthouses.

Touted as the “world’s most sustainable development“ by Lumiere Developments, the eco-credentials of tower, which is due to be completed in 2018, are not only impressive but promise to offer buyers free energy for life.

Electricity will be generated by embedded solar panels at each floor level, making it the highest density solar farm in the world; hot water will be provided by ground source heat pumps and rainwater will be harvested for toilet flushing as well as irrigation of the UK’s tallest indoor arboretum, which will keep the internal air fresh.


16TH November 2016

Beacon of hope: New Hertfordshire flats offering FREE ENERGY for life

HERTFORDSHIRE may seem an unlikely place to build the world’s most sustainable residential tower but anybody who snaps up one of its apartments could find themselves with zero bills for power and heating.

That’s a possible saving of around £2,000 a year in living costs. The bold promise of “free energy for life” comes from Lumiere Developments, the firm building the 17-storey tower block not in forward-thinking London, New York, Singapore or any eco-warrior Scandinavian country, but in Hemel Hempstead.

Bordered by 400 acres of Green Belt land, the commuter town is 24 minutes from London Euston by train and the 272-apartment tower block will be only a few minutes’ walk from the station when completed in 2018.

The Beacon will have groundbreaking green features not yet present in any other residential development in the world, including the highest density solar farm anywhere (0.8mw on 0.5 acres) and solar photovoltaic panels at each floor level.


27TH November 2016

Will this be the world’s most sustainable tower?

Lumiere Developments is launching The Beacon – which they believe will be the world’s most sustainable residential tower. Due to its innovative energy conservation technologies and smart design, The Beacon will, they suggest, save residents up to £11,000 a year in living expenses. Located in Hemel Hempstead, just 24 minutes from London Euston, the 17-storey tower will generate sufficient heat and power from on-site renewable energy to power the vast majority of the building’s requirements.

The building will generate enough power to allow the developer to offer ‘Free Energy For Life’ to residents. Showcasing a combination of ground-breaking green features not present in any other residential development in the world, this project is the first of its kind. A rated energy neutral building, key features include;

The highest density solar farm in the world (0.8mw on <0.5 acres) Solar photovoltaic panels – embedded into the solar balustrades at each floor level

• Triple-glazing – to all apartments

• Quadruple-glazing – to upper level apartments

• Ground Source Heat Pumps – to extract heat from the basement of the building to heat the hot water

• Air Source Heat Pumps to extract heat from the atrium

• 100% rainwater harvesting (collected at roof and balcony levels) for toilet flushing and irrigation of the green planters on each external balcony and internal arboretum

• MHVR – Mechanical Heat and Ventilation Recovery System – for comfort cooling

• Thermal emissivity of less than 0.2W/M2K

• UK’s tallest residential indoor arboretum

• UK’s largest underground automated robotic car park (supplied by Skyline Parking) – 319 car park spaces underground in less than half an acre


9th November 2016

Will new tower block be world’s greenest?

The world’s most sustainable residential tower will save its resident upto £11,000 a year in living expenses, according to developers Lumiere.

The Beacon, a 17-storey tower on Whiteleaf Road, has been designed to generate enough heat and power from on-stie renewable energy to power most of the building’s requirements, resulting in an expected 70 to 80 percent reduction in heating costs compared to normal properties.

Planning permission has been granted for the new building in Hemel’s Regeneration district, and Lumiere Developments is now demolishing the existing commercial building on site.


Will new tower block be world’s greenest?

The world’s most sustainable residential tower will save its resident upto £11,000 a year in living expenses, according to developers Lumiere. And the revolutionary building is being built in the heart of Hemel Hempstead.

The Beacon, a 17-storey tower on Whiteleaf Road, has been designed to generate enough heat and power from on-stie renewable energy to power most of the building’s requirements, resulting in an expected 70 to 80 percent reduction in heating costs compared to normal properties.

Planning permission has been granted for the new building in Hemel’s Regeneration district, and Lumiere Developments is now demolishing the existing commercial building on site.


23rd November 2016

Are dwindling Dacorum planning powers a worrying trend?

There are calls to wrestle back control from Whitehall and shape our own future as figures show planning applications are on the rise but the workforce which processes them is dwindling.

Figures obtained by this newspaper show there has been a 46 per cent increase in the number of planning applications across Dacorum in the last five years – a jump from 2,355 in 2011/12 to 3,443 in 2015/16.

In the same time period, the Dacroum Borough Council (DBC) planning department workforce has been slashed by 41 per cent. There were 39 members of staff in 2011, compared to 23 now.

But Lib Dem Ron Tindall, leader of the opposition, thinks the council’s hand has been forced because of a recruitment issue and a lack of government support.

He said: “I know they (the planning department) are under pressure but it’s not so much cuts but being able to recruit the appropriate people. “It’s a skilled job, working in planning, and planning staff are at a premium everywhere – it’s a real problem.


14th February 2018

14-storey Boxmoor Forest to provide 435 new apartments

Lumiere Designs has submitted its Planning Application for a new development named Boxmoor Forest, located at 499 & 501 London Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9BG, to the Dacorum Borough Council.

This development is planned on Brownfield land, and will be a zero emission, net carbon positive, sustainable, mixed development scheme on a brownfield site adjacent to Hemel Hempstead Station for a total of 435 apartments which consist of 191 studios, 179 one and 65 two bed dwellings, with office space, on site gym, café and coffee bar, with a conference hall for the offices, banquet hall and a multipurpose hall, along with a play school crèche, with a library, pet care center, and a satellite health care center. The proposed development will also have a squash court, badminton room along with green roof, roof top tennis court and a half basketball court and underground parking.

Boxmoor Forest incorporates bio-filters into the façade of the building providing a massive area to act as a bio-filter. The plants and soil also trap water and air. The former is part of a sustainable drainage system as it retains 70% of water that is collected in terms of rainwater. The latter creates still air insulation increasing the thermal insulation of the structure and reducing its overall CO2/ Energy consumption.

Sustainable energy will be sourced through the use of Solar Panels, Geothermal energy, and Waste Water Heat recovery.


16th February 2018

Architect unveils Hemel Hempstead ‘forest’ apartments

Hertfordshire practice Lumiere Design has lodged plans for a 435-home apartment building that it claims will be the most sustainable structure of its kind in the world.

The practice’s proposals for a brownfield site next to the railway line in Hemel Hempstead would deliver the homes over 14 storeys, and would also boast a gym, coffee bar, nursery school, health facilities and a rooftop games area.

Dubbed Boxmoor Forest, the building would be largely covered by “bio-filter” vegetation, that the practice said would help clean the air and contribute to sustainable drainage.

Head architect Nik Vyas said the proposals, now submitted to Dacorum Borough Council, would directly address the historic under-delivery of new homes in the local area and be “zero-emission, net carbon-positive”, but he also signalled that a degree of local opposition was anticipated.

“Boxmoor Forest represents the most sustainable development of its type anywhere in the world,” he said.


14th February 2018

‘Carbon positive’ 435-home scheme in Hertfordshire submitted for planning

Plans for a ‘carbon positive’ 435-home scheme have been submitted in Hertfordshire

Watford-based Lumiere Designs handed in the proposals for the Boxmoor Forest development in Hemel Hempstead to Dacorum Borough Council.

As well as sourcing energy from solar panels, geothermal heat and waste water heat recovery, the scheme features a green planted façade.

A design and access statement submitted to the council as part of the planning application said: ‘Air quality around main thoroughfares in always poor and especially so in London Road. It is not well known that plants are organic biofilters. They remove more than carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They also remove pollutants.’

The proposals, on brownfield land near the town’s main rail station, would provide 191 studios, 179 one-bed and 65 two-bed apartments, along with almost 7,900m² of office space, a café and coffee bar, a multipurpose hall, a play school crèche, a library, a health centre and a pet care facility.


14th February 2018

Architect unveils Hemel Hempstead ‘forest’ apartments

Lumiere Design claims 435-home scheme will be the most sustainable building of its kind in the world.

Hertfordshire practice Lumiere Design has lodged plans for a 435-home apartment building that it claims will be the most sustainable structure of its kind in the world.

The practice’s proposals for a brownfield site next to the railway line in Hemel Hempstead would deliver the homes over 14 storeys, and would also boast a gym, coffee bar, nursery school, health facilities and a rooftop games area.

Dubbed Boxmoor Forest, the building would be largely covered by “bio-filter” vegetation, that the practice said would help clean the air and contribute to sustainable drainage.



14th February 2018

Storm over the ‘Hanging Gardens of Hemel Hempstead’: Residents of post-war new town known for its Magic Roundabout and slum-clearance housing estates slam 14-storey green tower as ‘not at all in keeping with the area’

• 14-storey ‘Boxmoor Forest’ development would provide 435 homes and offices
• But 68 out of 69 neighbouring residents have slammed planning proposals
• Flats in the plant-covered development in Hemel Hempstead could cost £524k

Draped in greenery, these flats have a three-acre rooftop ‘sky garden’ with tennis court, on-site gym, wine bar, library, playschool and robot-controlled car parking, and they’re eco-friendly too.

It sounds like a dream on paper – but that’s exactly where residents near the proposed site want it to stay.

They say the 14-storey building with 435 homes and office space is an ‘oversized monstrosity’.

Despite its green credentials as a ‘zero emission, net carbon positive, sustainable’ development, opponents argue it is ‘not in keeping with the area’ of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Built as a new town after the Second World War, Hemel Hempstead is notorious for its slum-clearance housing estates and ‘Magic Roundabout’, which boasts six junctions within a giant one.


8th February 2018

IN PICTURES: 14-storey ‘forest’ building earmarked next to Hemel Hempstead station

A 14-storey building designed to look like a forest could be built near Hemel Hempstead station. The ambitious Boxmoor Forest project would see hundreds of apartments built with zero emissions – but some neighbours have labelled it as an ‘oversized monstrosity’.

The brownfield site, at 499 and 501 London Road, would consist of a total of 435 apartments along with office space, a gym, café and coffee bar, conference and banquet hall, a multi-purpose hall and underground parking.

There would also be a playschool crèche, a library, pet care centre, and satellite health care centre.

Sporting facilities would include a squash court, badminton room along with green roof, rooftop tennis court and a half basketball court.

A Mitsibushi car showroom, which is being closed down, and a Kwik Fit garage which is looking to relocate, would make way for the scheme if it was granted permission.


20th February 2018

Public rails against Boxmoor Forest application

Lumiere Developments’ proposed a zero emission, net carbon positive, mixed use scheme has generated much local ire in Hemel Hempstead.

On the face of it, the development ticks a lot of boxes. It would replace a Misubishi showroom and Kwik Fit garage on-site and deal with legacy contamination issues. It would also provide 435 homes, underground car parking, solar panels, a playschool creche, library, a roof-top tennis court, and generate enough electricity to power residents’ EVs.

The applicant sees the Boxmoor Forest development – which is represented as a large, densely vegetated apartment complex – as being “the most sustainable development of its type anywhere in the world“ with “carbon neutral, emission-free offices and dwellings encased in a modern integrated community.“

However, many of the 143 comments on the outline application are not quite so gushing about the scheme. The first criticism is that the scheme is simply too big for the surrounding area.

“The building is too large for the site/scale not sympathetic to surrounding locale or existing character,“ one recent comment notes. “Plans suggest 14 storeys would be 141ft (43m) high and as such result in total loss of privacy and loss of light to existing residential properties. The parking indicates eight floors below ground? What are the excavating risks to those adjacent? Parking is insufficient for proposed amenities.“


14th February 2018

14-storey Boxmoor Forest to provide 435 new apartments

Lumiere Designs has submitted its Planning Application for a new development named Boxmoor Forest, located at 499 & 501 London Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9BG, to the Dacorum Borough Council.

This development is planned on Brownfield land, and will be a zero emission, net carbon positive, sustainable, mixed development scheme on a brownfield site adjacent to Hemel Hempstead Station for a total of 435 apartments which consist of 191 studios, 179 one and 65 two bed dwellings, with office space, on site gym, café and coffee bar, with a conference hall for the offices, banquet hall and a multipurpose hall, along with a play school crèche, with a library, pet care center, and a satellite health care center. The proposed development will also have a squash court, badminton room along with green roof, roof top tennis court and a half basketball court and underground parking.

Boxmoor Forest incorporates bio-filters into the façade of the building providing a massive area to act as a bio-filter. The plants and soil also trap water and air. The former is part of a sustainable drainage system as it retains 70% of water that is collected in terms of rainwater. The latter creates still air insulation increasing the thermal insulation of the structure and reducing its overall CO2/ Energy consumption.

Sustainable energy will be sourced through the use of Solar Panels, Geothermal energy, and Waste Water Heat recovery.

The 2016 Dacorum Borough Council, Dacorum Site Allocations Development Plan Document Examination response to the Secretary of State Inspectors notes that there has been a persistent under delivery of housing over a 15 year period.



14th February 2018

14-storey Boxmoor Forest to provide 435 new apartments

Lumiere Designs has submitted its Planning Application for a new development named Boxmoor Forest, located at 499 & 501 London Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9BG, to the Dacorum Borough Council.

This development is planned on Brownfield land, and will be a zero emission, net carbon positive, sustainable, mixed development scheme on a brownfield site adjacent to Hemel Hempstead Station for a total of 435 apartments which consist of 191 studios, 179 one and 65 two bed dwellings, with office space, on site gym, café and coffee bar, with a conference hall for the offices, banquet hall and a multipurpose hall, along with a play school crèche, with a library, pet care center, and a satellite health care center. The proposed development will also have a squash court, badminton room along with green roof, roof top tennis court and a half basketball court and underground parking.

Boxmoor Forest incorporates bio-filters into the façade of the building providing a massive area to act as a bio-filter. The plants and soil also trap water and air. The former is part of a sustainable drainage system as it retains 70% of water that is collected in terms of rainwater. The latter creates still air insulation increasing the thermal insulation of the structure and reducing its overall CO2/ Energy consumption.

Sustainable energy will be sourced through the use of Solar Panels, Geothermal energy, and Waste Water Heat recovery.

The 2016 Dacorum Borough Council, Dacorum Site Allocations Development Plan Document Examination response to the Secretary of State Inspectors notes that there has been a persistent under delivery of housing over a 15 year period.


26th September 2017

A life off-grid with no energy bills is closer than you think. Here’s what the future has in store for sustainable homes.

“Right ,11 says eco-developer Sam Budhdeo, rubbing his hands together. “We think we have the solution to climate change.” As openers go, it’s a bold one, but not quite as outlandish as it sounds. The housebuilder who successfully cracks the code to building sustainably – and affordably – would be solving a large part of the planet-warming puzzle..

And this is why Budhdeo, the co-founder of property developer Lumiere, think he’s cracked it. The company’s first scheme, The Beacon in Hemel Hempstead, claims to be the world’s most sustainable residential tower and its most seductive buyer offer is “Free Energy for Life”.

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